How to charge the iPad 2 when visiting Saudi Arabia

Instructions showing you how to charge your iPad 2 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using an Apple USB 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type A power charger, powering the iPad 2 using a three pin Type G USB plug and charging the iPad 2 using a Type B USB charger

Saudi Arabian power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country to the first time traveller. If you're going to Saudi Arabia the following instructions show how to charge the iPad 2 using the standard Type G, A, B or D 220 volt 60Hz plug outlets, please be aware that Type G power outlets are typically used by a majority of Saudi Arabians. Most power sockets change depending on which area you are travelling to therefore we recommend reading the Asia page for a full list of countries. If you are travelling to Saudi Arabia from a different country please ensure that your iPad 2 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 2.

Charging the iPad 2 in Saudi Arabia

Can the iPad 2 be used in Saudi Arabia?

Yes, you can use the iPad 2 in Saudi Arabia by using a power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in Saudi Arabia?

If travelling with more than just your iPad 2 the best travel power adapter for Saudi Arabia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Saudi Arabians use four different standards of power outlets (G, A, B and D) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your iPad 2 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones using just a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Saudi Arabia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad 2, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Saudi Arabia using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Saudi Arabia. [12] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad 2 in Saudi Arabia?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Using an Apple USB 30-pin connector and a Type G power adapter to charge the iPad 2 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your iPad 2 using a Saudi Arabian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the USB cable is typically included with the iPad 2).
  2. First plug in the Type G USB power adapter into the Saudi Arabian power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by three vertical slots in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes roughly one-four hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Charging the iPad 2 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions on how to charge your iPad 2 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using an Apple 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type A power charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad 2 using the Saudi Arabian power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is normally supplied with the device).
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type A USB power adapter in the power supply. The plug supply, sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [6], is identified by 2 slots adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Switch on the Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad 2 is charging, typically taking roughly one-four hours to recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPad 2 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Using the Apple 30-pin cable and a three pinned Type B power charger to recharge the iPad 2 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPad 2 using the Saudi Arabian power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is typically supplied with the device).
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter in the Saudi Arabian power outlet. This power outlet (technically known as a Type B power outlet [8]) is recognised by two slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the longer ground pin.
  3. Connect one end of the cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up taking between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 2 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad 2 with a Saudi Arabian power outlet with a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a two pin Type F USB charger.

  1. To power the iPad 2 using a Saudi Arabian power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [11] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will normally include this cable when you buy the iPad 2.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the Saudi Arabian power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two large circular holes 19 mm next to each other and two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 2.
  4. Turn on the Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad 2 will display a charge icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging taking around 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPad 2 from a Saudi Arabian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Saudi Arabian country Wiki page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, costs under C$15.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, costing C$10-C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  7. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, under C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  9. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, priced at under C$30.
  10. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  11. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, under C$15.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing C$10-C$15.